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PhD in Human and Social Services

Address the needs of diverse and underserved populations.

Walden’s PhD in Human and Social Services program can broaden your understanding of the human services field within a global context through an interprofessional approach and course features such as:

  • Virtual simulations
  • Face-to-face residencies
  • Animated case studies

If you have earned either a master’s or a bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for Walden’s PhD in Human and Social Services program, with an expedited path available for those who hold a master's degree.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: August 26, 2019

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In this specialization, you will explore advanced qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method research methodologies.
Build your knowledge in community intervention and learn to help organize, coordinate, promote, and lead efforts to improve living and working conditions as well as assess community needs.
You will study strategies to promote well-being in a variety of settings, including schools, communities, and organizations.
This specialization focuses on helping you gain the competencies to meet that need for those who interact within organizations, communities, and governments.
In the Criminal Justice specialization, you will explore traditional and contemporary intervention and rehabilitation approaches for both offenders and victims.
You examine the actions and behaviors that follow a disaster; address stress, coping, and adjustment difficulties; and study psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Family Studies and Intervention specialization helps you understand the use of advanced clinical theory and research methodology within a unique, client-centered ecological context.
Explore the impact of societal expectations on the elderly and demographic trends, including global cross-cultural issues in aging.
Coursework explores cultural differences and strategies for working effectively across a variety of cultural contexts. Your dissertation will address an issue in global social services.
In this specialization, you will gain a broad understanding of the current educational environment and explore theories and best practices in adult learning.
Study the nature of leadership in a nonprofit setting, including domestic or international human services organizations.
This specialization explores the role of mental health facilitation in health behavioral changes, and you will gain a solid understanding of the assessment and referral system for mental health intervention and support.
Explore topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and vicarious trauma and learn about the emotional impact of parent-child separation, frequent family relocations, extensive deployments, and other issues experienced by military families.
You will study how you can impact the legislation that governs society, including legislation related to healthcare, hate crimes, and the environment.

Expedited Path to Your PhD

Do you have the time, the discipline, and the motivation to fully commit yourself to a doctoral program? For the ambitious student who wants to hit the ground running, Walden offers a full-time, accelerated path to a doctorate. If you hold a master’s degree in a related field, you can complete your PhD in Human and Social Services degree in less time by taking advantage of this new path.

Earn Your PhD While Balancing Priorities

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Benefit from customized registration, doctoral support podcasts, virtual check-in groups, and accommodating faculty. To support family needs, residencies for this program are held in family-friendly locations such as Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California.

Learning Outcomes

In this program, you will:

  • Build competence in evaluating and applying various human development and social change theories in human services practice and research
  • Gain insight on how various research design models can inform human services practice
  • Engage in scholarly inquiry to build knowledge in the history, theories, and models related to the field of human services
  • Broaden your international understanding of the field with global content, case studies, and an optional Global Social Services specialization

More about our PhD in Human and Social Services program

Become more than a scholar; gain skills to help you make a difference in your community. Depending on your specialization, your career options may include a role as a:*

  • Social and community service manager
  • Social and human services director
  • Community and social service coordinator
  • Social sciences teacher or professor
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Elder services coordinator
  • Global social services professional
  • Dispute resolution specialist
  • Mental health services coordinator

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

If you have earned either a master’s or a bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for this program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.
Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

Why earn your PhD in Human and Social Services at Walden?

Mildred Peyton

"Walden truly wants its students to succeed and carry on its mission and vision."

Mildred Peyton | PhD in Human Services Graduate